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Ecobuild is a success for Thornton Sports

Ecobuild is a success for Thornton Sports

On 20th – 22nd March 2012, Thornton Sports exhibited their SudsSports product at Ecobuild, which was held at the ExCel Centre,London.

With over 1,500 suppliers exhibiting, Thornton Sports showcased an innovative sustainable drainage system which offers a cost effective solution to water management. Designed for use as a drainage component, the SudsSports product is a sub-base replacement system. It provides a sustainable and cost effective combined sports surface and water management system.

The SudsSports units made from recycled, recyclable and reuseable materials provide a 95% factory formed void ratio, allowing shallow attenuation, infiltration and drainage. The units can be installed as a blanket layer underneath a pitch, or, as SudsSports conduits, to provide a ‘zero-discharge’ flood prevention solution.

Thornton Sports worked alongside partners Permavoid at Ecobuild, who manufacture the SudsSports product. Phil Tomlinson, Sales Manager for Permavoid spoke of the exhibition, “Ecobuild was a great success, and there was great interest in Thornton Sports’ SudsSports system, as the combination of sports surfacing and water management was quite unique when compared with what other suppliers were exhibiting.

“Rainwater harvesting was a significant trend across the whole three days of the exhibition, and SudsSports offers this advantage. So many people were eager to learn about how the product worked, and the benefits it had to offer.”

Thornton Sports are currently embarking on their latest SudsSports project at St Silas School in Blackburn, Lancashire. The project involves the construction of a rooftop multi use games area (MUGA) utilising SudsSports 85mm units as the base on which a rubber shockpad and the multi use surface ‘Classic 10’ will be installed.   

Visit the Thornton Sports website to see a three minute animation of how the SudsSports pitches are constructed. For further information about the SudsSports system contact Thornton Sports on 01282 777 345 or email

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